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Cincinnati, Ohio

Do you CAFE?

I share James H. Burnley’s distaste for CAFE standards (“CAFE quicksand,” Commentary, Thursday).

However, in his opinion piece, I was disappointed to find no alternate solution for reducing gasoline consumption.

CAFE standards allow politicians to present to the publicimmediate (apparent) benefits while imposing costs that are long-delayed and not clearly traceable to those politicians. The costs end up on the car dealer’s sticker price, not on your tax bill.

With CAFE standards, domestic car manufacturers and their home-state legislators can rig the rules in their favor — as they have in the past. And if a tighter set of government regulations were able to make an industry more nimble and competitive, this would be the very first time.

If the goal is reducing gasoline use — whatever the motivation — then a higher gasoline tax is a far more direct, efficient, fast and honest way to accomplish that.


Alexandria, VA


The Embassy Row brief “Arab Anger” (World, Tuesday) refers to Israel’s 1967 capture of “Arab East Jerusalem.” Consideration of the years before 1967 makes it clear that the term is a misnomer. The history of the Old City, and all of eastern Jerusalem, is much richer and more complex than that.

Until 1860, Jerusalem’s Jews lived exclusively within the walls of the Old City, now the core of eastern Jerusalem. They constituted a plurality of the population — Jews, Muslims, Christians — by 1844. In 1948, Jordanian forces killed some Jewish residents and defenders of the Old City and expelled the others from eastern Jerusalem. They then began an illegal 19-year occupation, which included the destruction of scores of synagogues and other Jewish institutions of the so-called Arab East Jerusalem.

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